Tramadol Treatment & Rehab in Colorado
Tramadol is an opioid medication prescribed for the management of moderate to severe pain. As a Schedule IV controlled substance, as classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration, tramadol use is associated with a low risk for the development of dependence and addiction. However, even when the drug is taken for legitimate medical purposes with a legal prescription, there is the potential for addiction to develop.
Opioids decrease sensations of pain and cause feelings of euphoria, especially when large doses are taken. Tramadol is slightly different because, in addition to working on opioid receptors in the brain, it also blocks the feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine from being reabsorbed back into the system. Tramadol withdrawal is more complex than withdrawal from other opioids because it can happen in two different ways: classic or atypical opioid withdrawal syndrome.
Abruptly stopping tramadol use can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms during opioid detox. By detoxing at a professional treatment facility, patients receive a safer and more comfortable detox experience. This support ensures that patients can detox completely and sets them up for successful addiction recovery.
When a person struggles with tramadol misuse, rehab may be necessary. There are many options for tramadol rehab. Different treatment modalities can address an individual’s specific needs.
Understanding Tramadol Abuse
As an opioid, tramadol impacts the reward centers in the brain, which can lead to increased desire for the drug. These cravings may become overwhelming, and larger doses are often necessary to achieve the original, desired effect. Even when using tramadol properly by following the prescriber’s instruction, dependence and addiction may still occur.
Tramadol dependence or addiction isn’t always associated with tramadol misuse, but misusing the drug casually can lead to tramadol abuse. If a person is unable to quit taking tramadol despite the negative consequences or their efforts to quit, the issue has escalated to a larger problem.
There are usually multiple indicators that a person is misusing or abusing a drug. Behavioral and psychological signs of tramadol abuse include:
- Using the drug to achieve a high instead of for its intended medical use
- “Doctor shopping” to get multiple prescriptions from different doctors
- Lying about losing prescriptions
- Continued tramadol use despite negative consequences
- The belief that a person needs the drug to get through the day
- Drug cravings
- Feeling as if drug use is out of control
Everyone reacts to drugs differently, based on their own physical and psychological makeup. Some common, general side effects associated with tramadol use are:
- Tiny pupils
Tramadol Addiction Treatment
If someone feels that they are dependent on or addicted to tramadol, they should consider seeking treatment. With physical dependence, withdrawal symptoms will occur if tramadol use is stopped abruptly. Withdrawal progress can be monitored in a professional treatment environment, and certain medications may be given to provide physical comfort during withdrawal.
Tramadol abuse or addiction may be present alongside mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. Some people may misuse other substances in addition to tramadol. Professional treatment is especially recommended for these cases to deal with the complexities associated with coexisting conditions.
Should a person choose outpatient or inpatient rehab for tramadol addiction?
Outpatient rehab is structured so that a person can continue living at home during treatment. With this form of rehab, the patient can continue working or attending school while receiving treatment. Outpatient treatment is good for a person who has only been abusing tramadol for a short period, or in those who don’t have other mental health problems that need to be addressed.
With inpatient treatment, the patient resides in the treatment facility during treatment. School, work and household responsibilities will need to be put on hold because of the intense focus on recovery. Inpatient treatment can lead to improved success because there is minimal outside distraction.
Seeking treatment for tramadol addiction in a supervised environment like The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake can improve your chances of success and help to keep you as comfortable as possible during the detox process. Call to speak with a representative today to find out how you can achieve your recovery goals.
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